Are you looking for ways to save a few extra dollars? If so, one of the places to take a closer look is at home.
How much water are you using per month? How much of your income is paying for monthly sewage bills? It’s important to be conscious of how much money you’re spending in these areas to keep your costs in check.
Let’s dive into a few ways you can lower both your sewage and water bill on a monthly basis.
How much water does the average household use per month?
Here are a few quick figures to consider. The average household uses:
• 1,320 gallons per month through the kitchen sink and the bathroom sink
• 3,000 gallons per month via the shower
• 2,940 gallons per month via the toilet
Install Low-Flow Bathroom Fixtures& Toilets
Every time you take a shower, brush your teeth or flush the toilet, you’re spending money on your monthly water and sewage bill. So why not save a few dollars where you can?
Low flow bathroom fixtures do the following:
• Lower the amount of water you use within your individual home
• Conserve water within your community
• Have a positive effect on your wallet by reducing your monthly bill
In fact, if every household in the United States installed fixtures and appliances that are water-efficient, more than 3 trillion gallons of water would be conserved every year. That’s an 18 billion dollar difference!
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Types of Low-Flow Bathroom Fixtures
If you’d like to take this money-saving, water-conserving route, you have various options to choose from when it comes time to shop.
Low-flow showerheads – did you know that shower heads can account for up to 20% of your household’s total water use? Invest in an efficient showerhead that uses less than 2 gpm (gallons per minute).
Low-flow faucets – consider purchasing a low-flow faucet that uses no more than 1.5 gpm. This is based on the current standard set by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). As a cheaper option, you can also add what’s called a flow restrictorto your home’s faucets.
Low-flow toilets – as your highest source of water use, investing in a low-flow toilet is a smart way to save water and lower your water bill. Look for toilets that use no more than 1.28 gpf (gallons per flush) if you’re considering this option.
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Wash your dishes in a full sink of water – another way to save water is to fill up your sink, plug it and then wash your dishes. That way you won’t have to keep the water running while you’re washing each dish. And remember to only use your dishwasher when it’s 100 percent full!
With just a few adjustments to your home, you can start seeing lower numbers on your monthly water and sewage bills. It’s just a matter of making small changes that over time, add up to big changes, for your budget and for the environment.
Take the time to shop around and you’ll be saving money in no time!